About me

I have been writing poetry and stories since I was a child, and a love of reading was instilled in me from an early age. I am passionate about writing, and hope you enjoy the books I have written. Whilst most of you sleep soundly in your beds, like many Parkinson’s patients, insomnia dictates, so during those hours that sleep eludes me, the house is tranquil and quiet, an atmosphere perfect to immerse myself in writing. My life has been a series of strange events, which have without doubt contributed to my creativity. To publish anything is to bear one’s soul to the world. It is to stand naked and let everyone see who you really are. I have poured my heart and soul out on paper and I hope to share this journey, immersing you in a story, capturing your attention and firing the imagination. Through my writing and public speaking I hope to bring greater awareness to the general public about living with chronic disease.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Barbeque etiquette

I think most of us enjoy barbeques, the smoky charcoal taste turning any simple piece of chicken or meat into a delicious mouth-watering feast. Sitting outside in the pretty garden, flowers blooming, the pleasant spring weather a delight; what could be nicer than sharing a leisurely meal with family and friends? You are probably wondering what on earth a barbeque has got to do with Parkinson’s! Having difficulty with using cutlery, it is perfectly acceptable to use one’s hands at a barbeque. Those difficult chicken wings, meat on skewers or steaks which require an amount of dexterity in one’s fingers when normally eaten with a knife and fork, one is suddenly afforded the luxury of barbeque etiquette and able to use one’s hands. Everyone at the table has sticky BBQ sauce on their fingers and suddenly I don’t feel like a fool – for a change we’re all equal. What a delight to feel so at ease during a meal. I can see we’ll be doing a whole lot more barbequing when entertaining from now on. 

1 comment:

  1. My dear Elaine,

    You described one of your difficulties very eloquently so, from today on, even if we don't have grilled food, I am going to eat with my fingers especially when you are my guest.